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Finally on Drupal

Well, as you can see the site looks pretty different. I have finally moved on to Drupal and since it is my new bread and butter, it is only fitting. ;-) This is a barebones site for the time being with just my old journal entries. I will fill out a few more things over the next few weeks but all of the rocktreesky freelance stuff is gone since I am no longer offering those services.

Site shake up

Well, this is a quick note that I will be moving servers and changing the site over to Drupal in the next week. Since the whole site will be changing due to my stopping freelance work and I don't have time to set up a nice, new site with Drupal it is going to be a generic install for the time being. As long as all my data gets moved over safely, I'll be happy.

w00t! to good things a'comin'...

Ack, I'm a Mac convert

Getting my new MacBook Pro has been a much longer story than it ever should have been and I'm not going to go into all of the gory details. It started by ordering one online and then two days later Apple announced the release of the new Core 2 Duo. Eh, hey that is a better machine for the same damned price I paid for the old one! Suffice it to say that I have been the owner of a new Core 2 Duo 15" MBP for two weeks now. And I am freakin' loving it. I still love Ubuntu and will keep using it on my desktop but I really am impressed with what Apple has going here.

Add Help to Wordpress Admin Menu

When I create sites for clients, I like to give them as much information as I can. I create video tutorials for them that show how to use their new site. I've gone about supplying these tutorials and general information they should have in various ways. What I have ultimately decided to do now is to simply create a link to a help page within the site itself that contains everything they need. This keeps it all centrally located and makes it available to whomever they would like to manage their site.

Google Loves Me, This I Know

for the search results tell me so.

I have to say that I was pretty surprised when I discovered a hit to my site for a Google search on "drupal theme building freelance" (and was pleased that it translated into my first international client). Out of curiosity I did the search and I was truly shocked to be the fourth hit, right after Ted Serbinski, who I learned drupal theming from. I've since dropped to page two of google results for that search, but I'm still pretty damned pleased.

Desktop Blogging: Ecto and Live Writer

UPDATE: I have written a more current, relevant post comparing Ecto and MarsEdit, March 30, 2008.

Always in the pursuit of more toys, um, I mean tools, I have been trying out two desktop blogging applications. What's that mean, you ask? This is software that you install on your computer that will let you write and publish posts to your online blog. That means that I am currently writing this post from my laptop and I don't have an internet connection. When I'm done and I get back to an internet connection all I have to do is publish it. The reason I am looking at this type of tool is because I am a train commuter and I do a lot of work on the train. Normally I am coding away but I'd like to have a convenient way to write posts for my websites as I think of them. Sure, I can write something up in a word processor but then I have to copy and paste all of it when I log in to my site and if I am using pictures I have to upload the pictures and add them in too. What a pain. I am also checking this out for potentially recommending it to clients who have similar needs (or just don't like composing on a web page).

PNG transparency in IE

I finally managed to get all of my PNG graphics working properly in IE. For those that don't know, IE (Win) does not support transparency in PNG images. The welcome box on my home page and the "frosty" bar in the header are examples of a PNG with transparency - you can see the background through the image. Microsoft has a workaround that involves a little code and a lot of finding just the right mojo to make it all happen the way you intend. There are many variations out there. A quick search of "IE PNG" on Google will bring you lots of love.

Keep track of websites to read

So, I found a nice little tool to help me wade through the web called toread (via Lifehacker - one of my favorite "that's a useful tool" sites.) Basically all you do is sign up at toread with your email and then add your own special bookmark to your browser. Whenever I come across a site I don't have time to read I just click my toread bookmark and it gets emailed to me so I can check it out later.

The Social Web meets Hermit

Let me start off by noting that while I spend most of my waking hours on a computer and many of them on the web, I am not necessarily "hip" in a web 2.0 way. The whole "social" trend on the web has been passing me by. I am vaguely aware of things like Flickr and de.li.cio.us with tagging and folksonomy all the rage and MySpace with its trendy social network, but frankly none of it appeals to me. Perhaps this because I am a bit of a fuddy-duddy and like my dark little anti-social hole in the web from which I occasionally peer out.

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